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Africa's Wealthiest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote GCON
Africa’s Wealthiest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote GCON

All things being equal, the largest project yet embarked upon by Africa’s wealthiest man- the uncommon, the irrepressible, the indomitable Alhaji Aliko Dangote, which is the combo of his world’s biggest refinery and fertiliser plant should start operation before the end of 2021. From all the indications available, the refinery and plant are nearing completion and what has cost the man in excess of $12B going $20B dollars in hard currency, should be fully operational soon, the countdown in fact may have begun.

There are not many in the world that could have taken the kind of risk, this incomparable lion of a man has taken in the last many years and after several years, during which he transformed a massive patch of wetlands near the water at the extreme end of Lagos, to turn such into a near paradise that it has become now bringing massive developments to the area, the biggest risk taker from Africa, is getting set to take his next super bold steps, and that is to own one of the world’s elite and best football clubs from England and that’s talking about the pride of London, Arsenal Football Club.

If he does successfully purchase the club and some wouldn’t intentionally mount a resistance to stop him from doing so, he would have become the ‘first black man ever, the ‘first African/first Nigerian in history’ for that matter bar none that has ever purchased and owned a majority stake at an elite club of the stature and status of Arsenal FC. And him getting to purchase the club would most likely quadruple the stake and fan base of Africans and black people alike in the club, which has enjoyed loads of followership since the likes of Kanu Nwankwo and other Africans have played for the club and enjoyed good successes with her.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote 63, the unrivalled richest man from Africa, has never hidden his love and his desire to buy shares in the Football Club for a few years now. The owner of the multi-billion Naira valued Dangote conglomerate, who is the number one when it comes to cement production in the whole of Africa and most likely sugar has done super well for himself in the last 3 decades. From taking a loan of N500,000 from his rich uncle to invest in business, from which he made staggering profit and paid back his loan quicker than the time he had promised, he has since become the reference point that many look at now, on how to grow their brand.

Fans have never taken well to and have never hidden their dislike for the majority shares owner of Arsenal FC in the person of Stan Kroenke and part of the reason is because the man has never pumped desired funds that could have helped the club into it. So there’s the growing belief that the man is ready to sell his stake, which Dangote is willing to buy.

Dangote had spoken very well about his desire many times in the past thus-

“It’s not about buying Arsenal and just continuing with business as usual,”

“It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around. I’ve run a very successful business and I think I can also run a very successful team. Right now, with what we’re facing, over $20 billion of projects, I cannot do both.

“There’s no doubt [I’ll buy Arsenal], it’s not a problem of money

“The issue is that we have more challenging headwinds. I need to get those out the way first and start having tailwinds. Then I’ll focus on this.”

“I don’t want to go after Arsenal until I deliver the refinery. Once I deliver, I will go after Arsenal.”

It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on. I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can.

“I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.”

So if it all works out as envisaged, Nigeria nay Africa would soon again be on the world map for a very positive and commendable reason.

All hail “Aliko D aaaangote (in the voice of KSA).


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